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This Labor Day . . .

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:37 am

. . . let's stop subsidizing low-paying billionaires.

I have been ranting about how WalMart gets lots of local tax write-offs around the country, but pays so little that local communities end up subsidizing its workers.

I thank Bernie Sanders for coming up with an idea that I can support.

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Amazon made $3.03 billion last year and Bezos saw his personal wealth increase from $99 to $157 billion. The company is so profitable because it shortchanges suppliers, uses its massive market monopoly power to undercut entire industries and local businesses, and pays its workers so little. Meanwhile, taxpayers essentially subsidize low-wage employers like Amazon with $150 billion each year in public benefits for their low-income workers.3

In order to survive and take care of their families, between 1 in 3 and 1 in 10 Amazon employees, depending on the state, must turn to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps. Some employees unfairly designated as "contractors" may earn even less. On top of it all, Amazon warehouses rank among the most dangerous and a number of workers have died on the job. The situation is similar for workers at Walmart and most of America's biggest and most profitable employers.4

Sen. Sanders' idea is simple: Either these billionaire companies start paying their workers a living wage – or the government will tax them the exact cost of taking care of their employees. So if a worker would starve or lose housing without that $500 per month in help from the American people, Amazon must pay $500.
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Re: This Labor Day . . .

Post by Bleyseng » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:35 pm

What about all the Amazon workers in Seattle that are making $150k+ and are buying up all the houses, cash! Remember there is no state income tax in Washington....How do we tax them?
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Re: This Labor Day . . .

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:41 am

That is another topic. Those workers may be distorting the housing market, but they are not draining local and state coffers across the country to subsidize these billionaire families.
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Re: This Labor Day . . .

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:08 pm

Amskeptic wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:41 am
That is another topic. Those workers may be distorting the housing market, but they are not draining local and state coffers across the country to subsidize these billionaire families.
Under the cover of the Brett Kavanaugh circus, the republican House voted yesterday to make the tax cuts permanent for the wealthy.
It does not get more obvious than this, that the United States of America is being pillaged by immoral spineless cowards sneaking in their little cookies while they sustain the very most despicable human being I have ever had the displeasure of having to witness occupy the White House.

There is a reason that we are here. We ALL need to do our penance in the name of this country. VOTE! for the right people!
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